Why I Am Riding in the ACS Pink Cycling Challenge to Support the American Cancer Society
Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this! I was diagnosed and told I had invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer (IDC BC) in June 2019. I don't remember hearing the words but I remember feeling like I was floating and it was all a dream/nightmare. It was not real, it couldn't be. Thinking back it is still a blur. I am pretty sure I was in shock. I was totally overwhelmed and scared to death to to tell anyone. How could I tell my teenage children, parents, job? People are going to freak out. I dreaded telling people and their reactions. Fast forward 1.5 years and 5 surgeries later, I am no evidence of disease (NED) and starting to put my life back together. I was fortunate to have an amazing support system made up of family and friends. My amazing mom took care of me and nursed me back to health all 5 times. I will forever be grateful and thankful. Sometimes you just need your mom and those besties to make it all better.
Now that I am back in action, I am riding for those that can't. For those that are still fighting the battle or trying to recover from the time spent on the battlefield. Treatment is unbelievably expensive, even with insurance. Between treatment, medical bills, reduced salary and sometimes no pay, it can be suffocating. I am still recovering financially, physically and mentally and I had a job the entire time.
Treatment is ongoing for all cancer patients even if you are NED. Most take daily medication (and medications to help with side effects from the medication), attend multiple doctor appointments, have regular scans and blood tests. Please help me by a giving a donation of anything from $1 and up. This money goes to research and to patients services.
For the first time in history, the American Cancer Society's mission is at risk - including their ability to fund cancer research. The American Cancer Society needs to be here to help patients face cancer with comprehensive support, but they need our help to be able to do so. Every dollar will truly make a difference right now.
Taking part in this event gives me the chance to make a difference and honor those touched by cancer by raising funds for groundbreaking research and services for people dealing with cancer. I'm also participating to inspire hope for those facing the disease and raising money for the American Cancer Society's event to help save lives from cancer. I hope you'll consider signing up too.
Funds raised support cancer patient programs and groundbreaking research that can help save lives. This event also celebrates over 15.5 million cancer survivors nationwide. 15.5 MILLION. That's huge. That's why I'd love your support. Will you join me? And if you can't would you be so kind as to make a donation?